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The passing of Professor Roy Swank

Professor Roy Laver Swank, one of the world's most visionary neurologists, has died at the age of 99

Professor Roy Laver Swank, one of the world's most visionary neurologists, has died at the age of 99. Swank was a highly respected, leading academic neurologist.

He was born in 1909 in Washington, received a BS at the University of Washington in 1930 and an MD and PhD in 1935 from Northwestern University in Chicago. He founded the Swank MS Clinic in Oregon, taught at Harvard from 1945 to 1948, and the famous McGill University from 1948 to 1954, and was professor and head of the Neurology Division at the University of Oregon Medical School from 1954 to 1976. Swank published six books and 170 articles in his field and received numerous honours.

We sometimes get skeptical about things we read on the internet with all its uncensored and unverified content, and can easily mistake quackery for real science. Professor Swank’s work on the dietary management of MS though comes from the mainstream of academic neurology. Prof Swank was seen by his colleagues as a leader in MS management, teaching and research. His pioneering work on diet in MS has been at the heart of all serious self-help approaches to managing MS. I, and thousands upon thousands of others with MS, owe Professor Swank an enormous debt of gratitude.

Professor George Jelinek 

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